The 2014 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Rocks It

  The annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival is a major stop on the jazz festival circuit. The four-day weekend soiree draws a burgeoning audience of 20,000 music lovers from Florida, Georgia, Alabama—41 states in all and ten countries. They come to Panama City Beach to hear international musicians sing and play their instruments in a style […]

Django Unchained (*1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic You can tell you’re watching a Quentin Tarantino film if it’s ultra violent, unsettling, the humor is off-putting, scenes are inflated, it’s controversial and the “N” word flows like the Mighty Mississippi. Hence, Django Unchained. The movie’s original, pre-Civil War Spaghetti-Western premise is novel and has merit. According to […]

Central Park Five (****)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic In the beginning, it was seemingly a cut-and-dry case of absolute depravity, known as “the Central Park Jogger”: Lone white Wall Street woman jogging at night in the park. Black and Latino youths “wilding,” creating mayhem, violence and committing gang rape. In 1980s, racially divided New York City, the […]

Skyfall (***1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic 50 years and 23 films later, the James Bond 007 franchise is alive, well and kicking. This latest installment, which firmly cements Daniel Craig as one of the best Bonds ever, feels more serious, less gimmicky, more geared towards mature adults. The action, eventful though not spectacular, is thoughtfully […]

Flight (***)

  By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic 50 years and 23 films later, the James Bond 007 franchise is alive, well and kicking. This latest installment, which firmly cements Daniel Craig as one of the best Bonds ever, feels more serious, less gimmicky, more geared towards mature adults. The action, eventful though not spectacular, is […]

Miami Comfortable Beach Town, Deluxe City Life

It’s a win-win situation: World-renown Miami Beach, a flip flop-wearing tourist’s haven, and Downtown Miami, a vibrant new hot spot for upscale locals. Vacationing in these districts gives visitors the best of both worlds: Big beach fun and deluxe city life. >> Read More

Middle of Nowhere (****)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “You were on your way to something. Don’t stop.” That kind of encouragement, greatly needed by a forlorn young woman, is the spirit that drives this exquisitely told romantic drama. It’s one of the best black films to come along in years and its filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, became the […]

The Paperboy (*1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Director Lee Daniels (Precious) has enlisted and army of A-list actors in his screen adaptation of The Paperboy, Pete Dexter’s Deep South Florida bayou crime novel. Daniels should personally thank David Oyelowo, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Their performances give this crude, misguided and deranged Cat on […]

Toronto’s Lights are Brightest Downtown

Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario, with its population of 2.5 million people from 200 distinct ethnic backgrounds, is the ultimate melting pot. It’s a cultural, culinary, shopping and wellness hub, especially when you visit the city center, which comprises districts with names like Cabbagetown, Entertainment, Harbourfront and Distillery. >> Read More

Stratton Mountain, Vermont: Game On At The Drysdale Tennis School

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced player the summer tennis camps/programs at the Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont can help you hone your game — and there are fringe benefits. >> Read More